Adoptable pet of the week: Puppy spray painted pink and dumped

Mar 29 2019, 5:25 pm

There is no shortage of sad stories at animal shelters. Pets left behind when their owners move, strays that no one comes to claim, seniors rejected because they are no longer a cute puppy. Sadly, the list goes on and on.

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Romeo’s story is also pretty depressing. The one-year-old Maltese mix was dumped at what’s considered a high-kill animal facility in Apple Valley, California. Unfortunately, that’s a pretty common story. What makes Romeo’s story unique is that his previous owners spray painted the poor little guy bright pink before abandoning him.

Romeo’s shelter ad

Despite his bright colour, no one inquired about Romeo. At a shelter with at least 60 other dogs, the puppy had a lot of competition when it comes to potential adopters.

The young dog was saved by Thank Dog I Am Out Rescue and was brought to Vancouver in hopes of finding him a new forever home north of the border.

Romeo (Thank Dog I Am Out Rescue)

“We literally sprung him the minute we were allowed … what we learned was that during his time at the shelter he literally chewed all of the painted fur that he could reach off which is why his back is pink — he couldn’t reach it,” said TDIAO founder Susan Patterson.

Romeo is now ready for adoption. Here’s what you need to know. Romeo is a love bug and gets along with absolutely everyone. He loves other dogs, he loves walks. He’s great on leash and happy to head out on new adventures.

Romeo (Thank Dog I Am Out Rescue)

He is being fostered with a female dog and doing very well, so Thank Dog I Am Out believes he would do well in a home where there is a FURever sibling too.

If you’re interested in adopting Romeo, fill out an application through TDIAO Rescue. The adoption fee is $525, which includes spay/neutering and vaccinations.

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Romeo (Thank Dog I Am Out Rescue)

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